Over the last six months, my Consort and I have been astonished by the warmth and generosity of the lovely people who live and work in Solihull.
It has been so very noticeable that giving, helping out and loving one’s neighbour are each very prevalent in Solihull.
Organisations, too numerous to mention, and individual volunteers make a daily difference to the lives of others.
As Mayor of Solihull, I chose a theme for my year: “Let your Light Shine”. Which, quite simply, means do your best and help out whenever and wherever you see a need.
It can be a small thing like helping a neighbour or a more involved service helping in the community.
Every little thing we can do to help can make a difference. All of us can help each other in some way, be it something big or quite small.
I have been very pleased to see that this is already happening in so many ways both in the North and the South of Solihull.
Christmas is a time for getting together with family and friends but there are those among us who are less fortunate. I would ask that we share a thought for those who are alone, sick, elderly or disabled.
The Consort joins me in thanking you all for the work you do to make this Borough such a good place to live and we wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
Councillor Glenis Slater
Mayor of Solihull.